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painting/abstract

July 30, 2014

abstract painting

 

Just finished painting  few rooms in the house. I say I won’t do this job again, find it so dull and monotonous. But –  when I see the freshly painted walls I forget…

As I was washing the tray with half dry paint, scratching and scrubbing and brushing this image appeared. Made me think of  surfaces and mediums which could be used to achieve similar textures following the same random process.

blue/happiness

July 25, 2014

The sky has been this blue in the Scottish Highlands for quite some time now

And

my indigo vat is turning out nicely

Indigo blue

It’s the organic vat developed by a master dyer genius Michel Garcia. If you can-  take a class with him, not just on indigo, anything, he is a wealth of knowledge and I love how he approaches natural dyeing from chemistry and botany point of view. If you can’t take the class, you can always buy DVDs he produced with Yoshiko Wada.

dvd

In the second DVD he demonstrates how to achieve many colours on wool, including indigo and the famous Mayan blue.

pink theme

July 22, 2014

rose pink scarf

large silk pongee scarf

ultra lightweight and thin

fuchsia pink scarf

large wool gauze scarf

soft and cuddly

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both dyed with cochineal

as it is rather precious dye stuff, I extracted as much colour using this simple setting – a nylon tight secured with elastic band

I simmered the powder in a little water and strained the liquor, repeating this several times

the same can be used for any powdery dye stuff

extracting natural dye

 

 

 

eco print/links

July 17, 2014
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I know that many of you, my readers are interested in eco printing. Here are few interesting links:

Elena from The Procrastinator Dyer’s Diary shows how she bundles her eco prints

Irit from Gaia’s Echo uses brushes to enhance her prints

Terrie explains how she recycled iron rich fabric and got sharper prints from eucalyptus and rose leaves.

 

and for a tribal look

July 16, 2014

 fuchsia pink silk chiffon scarf dyed naturally

Hot pink silk scarf

tribal necklace

Glass and metal beads with cotton tassels strung on double cotton cord into bright tribal statement piece.

bright tribal necklace

silk chiffon scarves

July 15, 2014

in two subtle colours

The Coral Scarf is dyed with little madder and the Grey Scarf is eco print using local plants, mainly rose and cotinus. Now available.

coral scarf

eco dyed scarf

naturally dyed scarves

The summer holidays have started. It brings a new challenge to keep the right balance between making and making nice memories.

red wool scarf

July 4, 2014

Large wool scarf in mat raspberry red, dyed with brazilwood. Available here.

merino wool scarf

 

red scarf

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